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  • 11/30/2010

Tehran museum honors pioneers of Iranian modern art


Two major pioneers of Iranian modern painting were honored at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Sunday.

An exhibition displaying works by Mahmud Javadipur and Ahmad Esfandiari also opened on the sidelines.

Hundreds of artists, students and fans attended the ceremony organized to commemorate the popular artists’ careers spanning more than seven decades.

Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamid Shahabadi made the opening speech expressing his gratitude to the masters. “It is our duty to honor the masters. They act as guides for our younger generation who can show the right path to the youth. Such ceremonies express only part of our gratitude to the veterans and we are planning several other programs honoring them in different areas of art,” he remarked.

TMCA director Mahmud Shaluii next said that the museum is proud to possess over 40 works by the two masters.

Working steadily for 70 years, Esfandiari is from the first generation of the Iranian pioneers of art and he still experiments within his style and technique.

Born in 1922, Esfandiari created a new eclectic style by using modern Western combinations of familiar Iranian art motifs and elements.

Javadipur was born in 1920 in Tehran. He studied painting at Tehran University and later taught art. He was the representative of the then ministry of Art and Culture in the High Council of Stamps, the representative of the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Council of the Standards Institute, and the founder of the first art gallery.

Javadipur created the logos for Bank Markazi, the National Iranian Oil Company, UNESCO Publications and Kharazmi Publications.

The exhibit is currently displaying about 400 works, “The works have also been published in two volumes available at the museum.”

The exhibit runs until January 20 at the museum located on North Kargar St., near Laleh Park.

Photo: Mahmud Javadipur (L) and Ahmad Esfandiari (R) pose beside the brochures of an exhibition displaying their works at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on November 28, 2010. Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamid Shahabadi (C) is also seen in the photo. (Mehr/Mohammadreza Abbasi)

Source: tehrantimes.com

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